4 of 21 lawyers wanted for fraud, embezzlement, questioned at Bukit Aman

Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department director Mohd Zakaria Ahmad.

KUALA LUMPUR: Four of 21 lawyers wanted for allegations of fraud and embezzlement involving millions of ringgit have come forward to aid in police investigations.

Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) director Mohd Zakaria Ahmad said the four were released after giving their statements.

“Efforts to trace the others are still ongoing,” he said, adding that five of the lawyers have been found to be overseas.

Speaking in a press conference after the monthly assembly of police personnel at the Bukit Aman headquarters here, he said police would work with the immigration department as well as other agencies to track them down.

Earlier this month, the CCID listed the names of 21 lawyers suspected of involvement in 39 cases of fraud and embezzlement worth RM30.4 million.

Zakaria said then that the offences had taken place since 2012.

Speaking today, he said CCID had also arrested 34 individuals believed to be loan sharks.

“Thirty-three have been charged in court,” he said, adding that they are awaiting instruction from the public prosecutor for further action against the last individual.

“We hope the individuals whom we are seeking will come forward to give their cooperation to ease police investigations,” he added.